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News Report 30 September 2018
Italy

2018 GP of Italy

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Imola MX
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09 / 30 / 2018
17:10 Local time

Top Ten End to the Season for Kemea Yamaha Trio

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A top-ten end to the 2018 MX2 World Championship in Imola, Italy, for Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's trio with Anthony Rodriguez battling a stomach bug for sixth-position in the Grand Prix overall and fifteenth-place in the final classification - after missing nine rounds. Rookie sensation, Jago Geerts wrapped up the last round of the year in seventh-place and was eighth in the final classification after missing three rounds due to a broken collarbone, while Ben Watson rounded out the top-ten at the MX2 Grand Prix of Italy to secure fourth-position in the final MX2 World Championship classification.

Suffering from a stomach bug that left him unable to retain any sort of solid food, Anthony Rodriguez ended his MX2 career with two remarkable results. In the opening race he lost traction on the rear wheel and fell, but battled back for a mind-blowing ninth-place finish.

At 23-years-old, the Venezuelan has unfortunately reached the age limit in the MX2 class and if he is to return to Europe next season, he will need to race inside the premier class, MXGP.  Hungry for a strong end to his MX2 career, he exerted every last bit of energy to finish fifth in the final race of the season, and sixth overall.

After a strong start to the twentieth and final round of the MX2 series where he qualified in second-place, Ben Watson was luckless in the championship points paying races today. The Briton started dead last after he hit the gate in Race 1 but quickly fought back to eighth before a big clump of dirt clogged up his rear brake. After stopping to get rid of the issue, he rejoined the race and managed to claw back to eight-place.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Jago Geerts got off to a flying start where he ran the pace of the top-five for the entire 30-minute plus two-lap duration of the race, and crossed the finish line in sixth-place.

In the second and final race of the season, both Watson and Geerts got off to mediocre starts. Geerts was frustrated with the lack of line choice, while Watson's rotten luck continued with another rider hitting the rear of his bike, causing damage to the rear wheel. As Geerts pushed home 11th position, Watson had to ride tentatively with no rear-brake for 17th.

Despite the frustrating end to their day, both riders still finished inside the top-ten overall, Geerts was seventh in the Grand Prix classification, while Watson was tenth.

All three Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 riders have been selected to represent their respective countries at most prestigious event of the year, the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations. This years' edition will take place in Red Bud, Michigan, USA next weekend, October 7th.  Ben Watson will represent Great Britain, Jago Geerts will represent Belgium and Anthony Rodriguez will represent Venezuela.

Suffering from a stomach bug that left him unable to retain any sort of solid food, Anthony Rodriguez ended his MX2 career with two remarkable results. In the opening race he lost traction on the rear wheel and fell, but battled back for a mind-blowing ninth-place finish.

At 23-years-old, the Venezuelan has unfortunately reached the age limit in the MX2 class and if he is to return to Europe next season, he will need to race inside the premier class, MXGP.  Hungry for a strong end to his MX2 career, he exerted every last bit of energy to finish fifth in the final race of the season, and sixth overall.

After a strong start to the twentieth and final round of the MX2 series where he qualified in second-place, Ben Watson was luckless in the championship points paying races today. The Briton started dead last after he hit the gate in Race 1 but quickly fought back to eighth before a big clump of dirt clogged up his rear brake. After stopping to get rid of the issue, he rejoined the race and managed to claw back to eight-place.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Jago Geerts got off to a flying start where he ran the pace of the top-five for the entire 30-minute plus two-lap duration of the race, and crossed the finish line in sixth-place.

In the second and final race of the season, both Watson and Geerts got off to mediocre starts. Geerts was frustrated with the lack of line choice, while Watson's rotten luck continued with another rider hitting the rear of his bike, causing damage to the rear wheel. As Geerts pushed home 11th position, Watson had to ride tentatively with no rear-brake for 17th.

Despite the frustrating end to their day, both riders still finished inside the top-ten overall, Geerts was seventh in the Grand Prix classification, while Watson was tenth.

All three Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 riders have been selected to represent their respective countries at most prestigious event of the year, the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations. This years' edition will take place in Red Bud, Michigan, USA next weekend, October 7th.  Ben Watson will represent Great Britain, Jago Geerts will represent Belgium and Anthony Rodriguez will represent Venezuela.

Anthony Rodriguez

6th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 15th MX2 Championship Overall

"I surprised myself with how much I fought this weekend. You hear it every weekend with other riders 'saying' they're sick and sometimes I feel like it is just an excuse, but this weekend I had to experience it first hand, and let me tell you… it is tough. I realized how much being sick can change the game. Yesterday I was unable to hold down any food. I could only do four laps in the practice sessions, so it was a big war the whole weekend. Despite the lack of energy and feeling as weak as I did, I felt I managed to pull it together this weekend. Yes, the results weren't the best, but I fell in the first race and came back to ninth, and that was quite a fight. I showed I have a lot of fight this weekend."

Jago Geerts

7th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 8th MX2 Championship Overall

"I had good speed in the first race. I got off to a good start and put in some good laps and finished sixth. In the second race I felt I didn't ride like I know I can, and definitely not how I wanted and ended up in eleventh. It was still a pretty good weekend for me as it was only my second weekend back since my injury."

Ben Watson

10th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 4th MX2 Championship Overall

"My riding has been really good this weekend; I just had some bad luck in the races. In the first race I hit the gate, so had to start from last but I came back to eighth before I got some mud stuck in my rear brake and that was bad enough to bring me to a complete stop. I had to clear that and then got back to eighth. In the second race, I didn't get a good start but got up into tenth before another rider hit me and damaged my bike. I was quite lucky to finish really, but I did and got fourth in the championship this season, so I am more than happy with that."